Over the past few years, the beer scene in Korea
has grown leaps and bounds. No longer are Cass, Hite, and other big brewery imports the only options available to thirsty beer lovers. Areas all over the country are being infected with the craft beer bug, and Daegu is no exception. Here are the best spots to get your hands on a tasty, small-batch brewsky.
Percent % Craft Beer Pub
Bar, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Korean
Nestled on a quiet street in Daebong-dong, Percent offers the widest selection of bottles in Daegu, as well as a good selection of Korean craft beers on tap. Brews from Galmegi Brewing Co., Ka-Brew, and The Booth are all popular options, and pair well with the bar’s delicious pub grub. Favorites include Galmaegi’s Red Devil Rye IPA, a strong hoppy seasonal beer, and Ka-Brew’s Percent Weizen, a smooth wheat brew with notes of bananas and cloves. Boasting an airy, intimate and modern atmosphere, Percent is popular with international and local beer lovers alike.
Pub, Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
With indoor and outdoor seating, and a prime location on the main strip across from Suseong Lake
, Baqus is an ideal spot to partake in a bit of day drinking and people watching on a warm afternoon. Grab a spot at the double-sided bar either inside or outside, and choose from a fairly decent selection of local beer, or try a few with the sampler which includes a grapefruit pilsner, a porter, and a hefeweizen. The bar also serves a variety of food that ranges from pizzas and sausages to grilled meats.
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
With a lively, young clientele, and hours that extend until the early morning, Taps is a good spot to get the party started. As the pub’s name suggests, there are plenty of craft beers from all corners of the globe on tap. In addition to beer, Taps serves up plenty of cocktails and specialty beverages to please just about every palate and has one of the largest food menus of the bars on this list.
Bar, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Korean, $$$
Expat-owned and operated, EtoH’s is a pub that leans more toward a fun, convivial drinking den than a refined beer bar. There’s plenty to keep patrons entertained, such as electronic dart machines and a jukebox that you can control with an app on your smartphone. The service is also friendly and quick to refill your drink. Of course, beer is in no short supply, and EtoH’s offers a nice range of imported bottles, as well as Ka-Brew on tap. Order a cold one with one of EtoH’s high-quality, handmade pizzas that will be sure to satisfy your cravings for carbs and cheese.
Upon entering Boccaccio Bräu, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the enormous brewing equipment near the entrance. That’s right. Boccaccio brews all of its own beer right on site. But the best part is that the restaurant-pub operates on an all-you-can-drink (and eat) basis. Order your preferred brew at your table (Stout, Honey Brown Ale or Weizen), then make your way to the buffet, which offers everything from fresh crab to Pad Thai
. But that’s not all. A live band adds to the atmosphere with performances that start at 7pm. Enjoy it all for around 30,000 won (US$27) per person.